Family Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Least Concern

Lesser Noddy (Anous tenuirostris)


Taxonomy

French: Noddi marianne German: Schlankschnabelnoddi Spanish: Tiñosa picofina
Taxonomy:

Sterna tenuirostris

Temminck

, 1823,

Senegal; error = Seychelles

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Closely related to A. minutus, with which formerly considered conspecific. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. t. tenuirostris (Temminck, 1823) – Seychelles, Mascarene Is and St Brandon (N of Mauritius)#R, Maldives and Chagos#R, with possible breeding attempts made also in Somalia; non-breeders visit Arabia, Madagascar and, rarely, Tanzanian coast, Sri Lanka and Bay of Bengal.
  • A. t. melanops Gould, 1846 – Houtman Abrolhos Is and, probably this subspecies, Ashmore Reef (off Western Australia); formerly also Indonesia.
  • Descriptive notes

    30–34 cm; 97–120 g; wingspan 58–63 cm. Blackish brown, with whitish forehead and crown blending into more ashy grey hindcrown and nape; lores whitish; sides... read more

    Voice

    Nesting birds produce a grating “arrrk arrrk” repeatedly; also a lower pitched “ugugug”. Also a... read more

    Habitat

    Pelagic when not breeding. Nests on oceanic islets.

    Food and feeding

    Small fish and invertebrates. Feeds by hovering and aerial- or contact-dipping but does not plunge-dive. Feeds in flocks and often... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds in large colonies that may number tens of thousands of pairs. The timing of nesting varies between colonies. Race tenuirostris... read more

    Movements

    No regular movements have been reported but the nominate race occurs fairly regularly outside... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Breeds at a limited number of colonies. The nominate race, from the central and western Indian Ocean, is estimated at 1,200,000... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gochfeld, M., Burger, J. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2017). Lesser Noddy (Anous tenuirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/54051 on 17 August 2017).